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PFO: Patent Foramen Ovale

A PFO is a small flap in the heart present in 1/4 of the whole population.

It is present in 50% of young strokes that have no obvious cause.

The RESPECT trial suggested benefit from closing the PFO with an umbrella device. After a long think, the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed that this can be a useful procedure.

https://www.tctmd.com/news/fda-approves-amplatzer-pfo-occluder-prevention-recurrent-stroke?utm_source=TCTMD&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BreakingNews_102816

The final results of the RESPECT trial at 5 years follow up should be coming soon.

Dr Malik has a large experience of PFO Closure in divers and patients with stroke.

To find out more click here

 

Posted on 31 October 2016
Author: LCC
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